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THE HERBALISER: Bring Out The Sounds Remixes

THE HERBALISER:  Bring Out The Sounds RemixesAs sure as night follows day, you can bet a label will bring out a remixes of something as big as the release of a Herbaliser LP like – er – Bring Out The Sounds and here we are with the Bring Out The Sounds Remixes. You probably wouldn’t this a remix album exactly though, for while Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry’s eighth studio long player was thirteen cuts and a further five instro versions, this is only three remixes. Lest you think it’ll leave a
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YAN TREGGER: ‘Catchy’ + ‘Ducks & Drakes’ (re-issue)

YAN TREGGER:  'Catchy' + 'Ducks & Drakes' (re-issue)Rating: ★★★★★ Back in the late 70s when disco and hip-hop were fighting over who was going to truly inherit funk and soul’s mantle it looked for a time as if disco was way out in front. Of course we all know that a few years later, disco was all but played out while hip-hop (in time-honoured fashion) had just been taking its time getting started – not to mention craftily purloining
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DUCT TAPE: 13th Floor (2017)

DUCT TAPE:  13th FloorMan – what can’t duct tape do? It’ll hold bits of your car together, hold musical equipment cases together (hell, hold musical instruments together), temporarily patch up a surf board and plug any gaps in your funky psych collection. No really. Or at least Duct Tape a.k.a. Berlin-based psych duo Batsauce and Wynton Kelly Stevenson will. Now on their second album the pair are still all about
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CHRIS READ feat. PUGZ ATOMZ: Baby Don’t Go (2017)

Baby Dont Go Chris Read Pugz AtomzHip-hop production man of substance Chris Read likes to break his bread with the odd emcee now and then and for this Dinked Records 45 he’s hooked up with Chicago’s Pugz Atomz for Baby Don’t Go. Not that you’ll consider going anywhere once you’ve heard the A-side for there’s something of an early Pharcyde vibe about the combination of a meditative jazzy piano loop with the Funky
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DALINDEO: Slavic Souls (2016)

Slavic Souls Dalindeo“What’s not to like about a melancholic party song?” says Dalindeo band leader Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen of the Finnish band’s new LP described in the PR Blah as a “Surf-Jazz-Tango-Extravaganza.” Ah the Finns and their melacholy. A mate persuaded me to go to the cinema once to watch a Finnish film. I forget the name of the director and the film now but I do remember that
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RESTLESS SOUL FUN BAND: Fun! (2016)

Fun Restless Soul Fun BandYou’ve got to admire Restless Soul Fun Band’s grimly tenacious determination to have fun. It’s in the name for starters – of both the ‘band’ (the brainchild of dj producer Phil Asher) and the LP. It’s in the fact that this appears to be a re-release too having first seen light of day on a Japanese label nearly three years ago and it’s in the press release which takes you on a second person
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VARIOUS: Disco 4 Love – More More More Disco And Soul Uncovered (2016)

Disco 4 Love Al KentHmm – saucy cover featuring naked soul types in a love clinch and fifteen re-mastered obscure disco classics plus a small handful of edits of some of the choicest cuts on said release? I sense the lurking presence of the mighty Al Kent behind new BBE drop Disco 4 Love – the fourth in this particular series of Kent comps. which, to give it its snappy full title, should more properly be
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RIM KWAKU OBENG: Rim Arrives (2015)

Rim Arrives Rim Kwaku ObengRim Arrives! Now there’s a title to conjure with. But let’s not go there – for the two-track album sampler for Rim Kwaku Obeng’s soon-to-be-re-released super-rare 1980 disco-afro-funk LP is no laughing matter consisting, as it does, of two big-ass funk bumps – the feelgood loose caboose vibes of Funky Drummer (not a cover of the JB
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VURSATYL: It’s Nothin’ (2015) + video

It's Nothing VursatylRating: ★★★★★ The first single off Crooked Straights, the debut full-length effort from Lifesavas rapper Vursatyl was the best cut on the LP, Bring It To A Halt. But what are the chances of him releasing the track that runs it a close second – the lively boom-bap soul bump of It’s Nothin’? And what are the chances of such a single also including both a Jake One remix of Bring It To A
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VURSATYL: Crooked Straights (2015)

Crooked Straights VursatylRapper Vursatyl has long demonstrated his skills and adaptability on the mic (he’s been in the game for nearly a quarter of a century) as one third of Oregon-based, Quannum Projects-affiliated Lifesavas crew and latterly as part of Californian duo Blackalicious’ stage as the latter gear up for their fourth LP. But he’s never taken the solo path – until now. Nevertheless, Crooked Straights is the
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